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PushUp Like a Pro

Push_ups are in some of the oldest exercises known to man and they are pretty much incorporated in many professional athletes’ work-out routines because they are trusted to deliver results. Push-ups target your arms, chest, back and core meaning they are essential to looking damn good with your shit off.

If you already work out or want to start pushing, we have added some variations to your push-ups regime by adding a little flavour to the ordinary push-ups routine:

 

Side-to-side Push-Up:

PLANT YOUR HANDS SLIGHTLY FARTHER APART THAN YOUR STANDARD PUSH-UP POSITION. LOWER YOURSELF DOWN TOWARDS YOUR LEFT HAND, THEN SLIDE HORIZONTALLY OVER TO THE RIGHT ARM AND PUSH UP TO THE STARTING POSITION. REVERSE THE MOVEMENT AND REPEAT, GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN ARMS.

 

Diamond Push-ups:

BRING YOUR HANDS TOGETHER, TOUCHING THE TIPS OF YOUR THUMBS AND INDEX FINGERS, FORMING A DIAMOND SHAPE. THE CLOSE HAND POSITION WILL ALSO MAKE THE ABS AND CORE WORK HARDER TO STABILIZE DUE TO THE NARROW BASE OF SUPPORT. FOCUS ON QUALITY FORM, LOWERING YOURSELF SLOWLY AND SMOOTHLY. YOU CAN ALSO DO THESE ON YOUR KNEES IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO SIMPLY ISOLATE YOUR TRICEPS.

 

Pause Push-Up:

OWER YOURSELF DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND COME TO A DEAD STOP. THEN PUSH YOURSELF OFF THE GROUND WITH GOOD FORM WITHOUT RELYING ON MOMENTUM. A FULL ONE-SECOND PAUSE ON THE GROUND WILL ENSURE THIS HAPPENS.

 

Article originally appeared in Valet Magazine

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